Although having kids on board brings about a lot of lifestyle changes, and can sometimes make your favorite activities seem impossible to keep up with, traveling doesn’t need to be one of them. Surely, with kids around the whole sightseeing experience is going to have a completely different tone, making it unforgettable on a completely new level, as one of your main priorities will be to have endless hours of fun.
So, if you crave traveling and still have many destinations on your must-see places in the world list, just hit the road! Here are some of the most kid-friendly cities you can easily pick for your next journey.
Even though spending a day or even a few in amusement parks such as Disney World or Universal Studios may not be your very first idea of a good time, Orlando is a great place to start the journey with your kids. You might yourself be a Harry Potter fan, and find the theme park quite enjoyable, meaning that you’ll probably be eager to jump on board and join Harry, Ron, and Hermione, trying to escape from Gringotts. And pretty soon you’ll be able to navigate the Millenium Falcon and eat in a space cantine, so what’s not to love? Also, your family can take The Wheel and see Orlando from 400m above, visit the SeaWorld or tour around the Madame Tussauds Museum. This can be quite an adventurous trip.
Although a visit to Amsterdam may give you quite a few PG-13/R ideas, having kids around doesn’t have to make it any less attractive. It is a city one can best enjoy on foot, bike or in a boat, making it almost fantasy-like for children used to more modern means of transportation. Your kids will most definitely enjoy the NEMO Science Museum, and even you will get a bit nostalgic and find yourself having fun seeing different chemistry lab experiments for young scientists. Visiting the Anne Frank Museum is a must, even for toddlers, as in a few years’ time it will be a lesson they will appreciate. Everyone in your family will be fascinated with the trip to the Van Gogh Museum, and if your kid is a big sports fan, you might just take them to see Ajax play at the Olympic Stadium.
If you’ve never been in New York, or you just long to see it again, visiting it with a kid around will surely show you its fun side. A day in Central Park is a must. You can take a walk around the lake, take a boat ride, or rent bikes and enjoy. Both you and your kids are just going to love your time at the American Museum of Natural History, especially while visiting a floor with dinosaurs and watching the Space Show at the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater. Or you can just take your kids out for a walk in their favorite kids’ spiderman shoes and stroll around Forest Hills, paying a visit to Peter Parker’s house and the evil scientist living in the neighborhood. That’s everything a little Marvel fan could ever want! Seeing the Statue of Liberty and a Broadway Show such as Aladdin or School of Rock is always a good choice too, so if you opt for New York, you and your kids will have your itinerary fully booked.
Your kids will be dazzled with London, and so will you! There are so many amusing things to do so that you won’t even know where to begin. Just to name a few to remind you – the Crown Jewels and the Torture Tower in the Tower of London, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, the Buckingham Palace, St.Pauls Cathedral…and the list goes on. Plus, a genuine Harry Potter experience in the studio with real props and costumes. Also, it is a city where Marry Poppins, Paddington Bear, and Peter Pan were born, so think of all the magic that your kids will experience. Nothing can beat that!
Las Vegas may be known as the Sin City with its “what happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas” motto, but it’s all the same great to visit it with kids. With so many theme and water parks around your kids and you are going to have fun all-day round, while you can also be more adventurous and take some time to explore the sights nearby, such as the ghost city of Rhyolite or the Red Rock Canyon.
And remember, your kids will be thrilled whichever destination you choose, and thankful for the memories you’ve created together, so schedule your travel on time, pack your bags and enjoy.
Contributed by Nemanja, editor-in-chief @WalkJogRun. You can find him on Twitter.